Development of National REDD+ Strategies

The National REDD+ Strategy was developed. This entailed special studies, consultations, demonstration projects and community programmes conducted to develop a list of potential REDD+ candidate activities. It also saw the active involvement of relevant stakeholders in the development of REDD+ strategies.

A report on Guyana's REDD+ Strategy options was formulated to present an assessment of the drivers of deforestation, analyze and evaluate the impact of the candidate activities against the strategy objectives and outline proposed strategy options.

Moreover, stakeholder sessions on exploratory activity in scoping key elements of National REDD+ Strategy were held on November 28-29, 2013 targeting Government, NGOs and Academia, IP Groups and Civil Society Organisations.

Some key outcomes of work on Development of National REDD+ Strategies are:

  1. The development of the national REDD+ Strategies took guidance from the strategic and programmatic direction of the LCDS, and sought to explore feasible REDD+ Strategies for addressing forest area change in Guyana, with intent on maintaining a low rate of deforestation and forest degradation.
  2. The work on the REDD Strategy therefore, and the exploration of REDD Strategy Options, serves to support implementation of the LCDS, and reinforce its guiding principles. It will in no way duplicate the broad thematic areas under implementation in the LCDS.
  3. The process of selection of feasible REDD+ Strategy options involved consultation with key stakeholders, during which time the stakeholders were able to identify and analyse relevant impacts of drivers and activities.
  4. The formulation of options focused on the assessment of the drivers of deforestation based on feedback from stakeholder sessions, identification of candidate activities or options to address the underlying reasons or indirect drivers while also outlining possible implementation pathway for these options, Evaluation of the impact of the candidate activities against strategy objectives and outlining proposed strategy options.
  5. To assess the feasibility of the REDD+ Strategy options that were selected, a Cost Benefit Analysis was conducted and used as a decision tool to ensure the implementation of the Strategy Options make a positive contribution to the country. Through quantifying the likely costs and benefits, and discounting, it was possible to analyse the net benefits or net costs of the proposals in today's values.
  6. The completion of work under this project has allowed for progress to be made under Guyana's R-PP, of which a component details the development of a REDD+ Strategy for Guyana.

The project was overseen by the National Multi Stakeholder Steering Committee (NMSSC) of the GSF. The NMSSC, comprised representation of a number of key government and non-government bodies involved in the implementation of REDD+ in Guyana, provided technical oversight for the project, including in the review of deliverables of the project.